2015 Domaine Robert-Denogent Pouilly-Fuisse "Clos Reyssie" Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1343428 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Pouilly-Fuissé Reyssié comes from a half hectare of purchased, biodynamically grown grapes courtesy of vines up to 60 years old. It has a clean and precise bouquet that reminds me a little of a fine Chassagne-Montrachet. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, very good salinity, real tension here with a precise finish that is top drawer. This comes highly recommended. One of my priorities returning to Mâconnais after a such a long time was to revisit one of the best producers of the region: Domaine Robert Denogent. Located in the village of Fuissé just down the road from Château de Fuissé, they tend several parcels within the appellation includes Les Carrons, Les Cras and La Croix. Influenced by Marcel Lapierre and importer Kermit Lynch, since Jean-Jacques began bottling his own wines in the late eighties, the domaine has adopted a biodynamic approach to their old vines. They also commit to a prolonged barrel maturation, so it was no surprise that when I rang their doorbell in May 2017, the 2015s had only just been bottled. (NM)  (8/2017)

92 points Vinous

 (22 months of élevage): Bright light yellow. A sexy touch of reduction to the aromas of ripe peach, marzipan and flinty minerality. A bomb of sweet yellow fruits on the palate, with complicating notes of nuts and marzipan. This very rich, ripe, plush wine shows terrific depth and its very long, surprisingly vibrant finish avoids the phenolic edge of the Les Reisses Vieilles Vignes. Harmonious and classy already, this wine will be even better after it's had the chance to lose some of its baby fat. (ST)  (11/2017)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This too exhibits a mildly phenolic character on the notably ripe and overtly exotic nose of dried peach and apricot that is trimmed in soft wood. The exceptionally rich, lavish and opulently textured broad-shouldered flavors also brim with an abundance of dry extract while displaying excellent power on the sappy, indeed borderline chewy finish where a touch of warmth comes up. This is also very impressive but I find it to be almost too much of a good thing and thus this will most please those who enjoy super-rich (though not heavy) whites.  (11/2017)

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